Lorinda Coombs, PhD, CNS, FNP-BC, AOCNP
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, Campus Box #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
Dr. Coombs earned her PhD at the University of California San Francisco in 2018 and completed a NIH T32-supported postdoctoral fellowship in Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Caregiving & End-of-Life Care (T32NR013456) at the College of Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. She is new faculty at the School of Nursing with a dual appointment at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Coombs current research is in treatment decision making for older adults with cancer and values assessment.
Her current research funding is from the American Nurses Foundation with a grant for “Treatment Decision Making in Older Adults with Cancer: Measuring the Impact of Symptom Burden, Functional Status and Patient/Provider Communication”.
Dr. Coombs is active clinically and is an experienced hematology/oncology nurse practitioner with 17 years of experience across hematologic and solid malignancies.
Prior to earning her PhD and postdoctoral study, Dr. Coombs completed a post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner at University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA in 2003 and practiced as the first hematology nurse practitioner at Kaiser Permanente, her previous clinical positions included hematology/oncology nurse practitioner at San Francisco General Hospital and Stanford Cancer Center in California. She also taught quantitative measurement, advanced health assessment and research scholarship to graduate students at UCSF. She is very invested in social justice and equity issues, especially around educational opportunities.
Whisenant M., Coombs LA, Wilson, C, Mooney, K (2020) An Analysis of Symptom Communication in Women with Breast Cancer Receiving Treatment European Journal of Cancer Care (Under Review)
Coombs LA, Ellington L, Fagerlin A, Mooney K (2020) Age is Not a Barrier: Older Adults with Cancer Derive Similar Benefit in a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Remote Symptom Monitoring Intervention Compared with Younger Adults Cancer Control (In Press)
Coombs LA, Noonan K, Barber FD, LeFebvre K, Mackey HT, Peterson M, Turner T (2020) Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies: Defining Best Practice in the Oncology Setting Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 31 May 2020, 24(3):296-304 DOI: 10.1188/20.cjon.296-304 PMID: 32441678.
Coombs LA (2019) Chronic Neutrophilic Leukemia: A Case Report of a Rare Myeloproliferative Neoplasm with a CSF3R Mutation Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, Vol 10 (8): 853857, DOI:10.6004/jadpro2019.10.8.6.
Rosenzweig M, Bailey D, Bush N, Coombs L, Lehto R, Loerzel V, Sun V, Mooney K, Cooley M (2019) Mentorship for Oncology Nurse Scientists: Strategies for Growth from the Oncology Nursing Society Mentorship Task Force Oncology Nursing Forum, Vol 46 (6): 769-774, DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.769-774.
Coombs LA, Max W, Kolevska T, Tonner C, Stephens C (2019) Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: An Underestimated Workforce for Older Adults with Cancer Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Vol 67 (7): 1489-1494, DOI: 10.1111/jgs.1593.
Coombs L, Stephens C (2019) Measuring the Care of Older Adults with Cancer: An Evaluation of Available Datasets Oncology Nursing Forum, 46(3): 272-282, DOI: 10.1188/19.ONF.277-282
Hunt L, Coombs L, Stephens C (2018) Emergency Department Use by Community- Dwelling Persons with Dementia in the United States: An Integrative Review Journal of Gerontological Nursing; Jan 16: 1-17, DOI: 10.3928/00989134-20171206-01.
Coombs LA, Hunt L, Cataldo J (2016) A Scoping Review of the Nurse Practitioner Workforce in Oncology Cancer Medicine; August 5, (8): 1908–1916, DOI: 10.1002/cam4.769.
Coombs L (2015) The Growth of Nurse Practitioners in Specialty Care Journal for Nurse Practitioners; 11 (9): 907-909, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2015.06.014.